New here and to dreads
That's ok for squeezing excess water out, but are you lust squeezing them, or are your pulling the towel down while around them?
Welcome. Check the list of top 5 most toxic shampoos. Neutrogena is number 1. It is known to cause different types of cancer just from exposure to skin.
There are other soaps and shampoos out there that are mush less harmful, but almost every popular shampoo sold leaves residue in your hair. Locks will not form healthily when residue is present. You want something that won't gunk up your locks.
Dreadlockshampoo.com sells great products, Dr. Bronners is really nice in soft water. And the BS/ACV wash is very popular around here
Well... They'll never look matureimmediately They won't even look mature in a few months. The 4th month tends to be the messiest for most people. So you really are looking at a process that'll take around a year for them to be mature. The only way to get mature looking locks immediately is to destroy them with wax or crochet hooks.
You're probably not separating enough, or at all. That one in the back is just a bunch of different ones tangled together. If you separated it, you'd have thinner ones. Al you have to do to get the desired thickness is to separate them into sections. However big you want them to be, make the section at the root that size
If you only crocheted once or twice, it will be able to easily fix itself over a few months. If it was done more than that, you might have to actively loosen them with jojoba oil or aloe in order to let the healing begin.
As far as who different locks look that were back combed and TnR'ed... Check out the recover and the timeline forums. I back combed 2-3 of my locks, and TnRed a few. The rest were completely natural. At this point I can't tell the difference between the methods. Once they mature, they look like locks. That is because all a starter method is is a blueprint for where you want the sections to be. They will untangle and retangle a lot in the first few months. This should happen and should not be touched except to wash and separate as needed. I posted a video on separating last week. you can check that out if you have any questions about it.
The only methods that make your locks look like anything different from natural locks is interlocking (This gives your locks a distinct braided look), crocheting (this makes them overly tight and look like sponges with all the tiny pores from the holes poked into them), and root rubbing/palm rolling (This makes your roots MUCH thinner and weaker than the lock itself. It can also make them fall off at some point under their own weight).
Obviously wax, too. But that just seems obvious. They'll look waxy and greasy.
Caucasian hair is no harder to lock up than African hair. If you say that yours naturally tangles and knots, then why not go natural and watch my vid on separating. There are a few good posts about it here too. Just follow them and ask questions as you go along.
And as for going out in public. If you need to look presentable, you can just tie them back in a loose ponytail. Or wear a plain black tam (that is very professional and no one will ask you questions about it). You could also try the locking gel from dreadlockshampoo.com. It's great. It's completely water soluble and does not leave any residue behind. It even starts to break down within the first day of use and is completely gone by the third day.. So you don't have to worry about using it every few days
First off, they are locks. Just not mature ones. Thinking of yourself as already having locks will bring positive vibrations to your life and give you and even better outlook on everything you go through.
Don't go to bed with wet hair. You won't run the risk of mold like you would with mature locks, but the rubbing of your head on the pillow will do the same thing that we tell people not towel rub their heads for. It creates a general knottyness that will need more separating and can all be undone the next time you go to bed with wet hair.
If you have to shower later in the day, or at night, blow dry your hair a little bit. Use short bursts and move it around a lot to avoid heat damage
Wow, I missed that. Thanks Val.
Yeah, in 3 weeks, you should have washed no less than 6 times. anywhere from 2-4 times a week is best for healthy scalp and hair.
If you don't wash often, your hair tends to get slick and a bit oily. This will make it hard to tangle and knot up
Congrats on it being healthy. It looks nice that colour.
I agree about getting what you needed out of your journey. I used to get high for years. 6 years ago (when I started growing my locks), I quite smoking weed. I got everything I needed from my time using it, and now I am done. The same could go for your locks. You learn a lo about yourself, and when you get what you need, you can stop.
Lifelong locks are not for everyone. It was your journey, and I hope it was an enjoyable one for you. If you ever want to go through it again, you're more than welcome
Thatcurlinesswill turn into a neat texture that makes your locks completely unique to your head.
The salt water is a good idea but you shouldn't use it on days your aren't washing. It will continue to dry out your hair and scalp until it's rinsed off. This can make your super itchy if there's to much that is left on your scalp/ And, left on your locks too long, it can make them brittle